Obviously we love documentaries at Rock Science Lab. To get lost in a good story based on your favorite bands, is like sitting down at an all-you-can-eat-buffet and never getting full. A no calorie buffet of course, you wont gain a pound. What you do nourish though, is your precious Rock Scientist brain.
Here are five awesome extreme metal documentaries. What did you say – medium rare? Sorry, these are only served bloody. Don't forget to submit your own questions for the Extreme Metal Booster Pack while watching.
Studio material is sexy like hell. It’s probably the most exiting material a band can release apart from a new album if you’re asking me. If you love Cannibal Corpse, you might have seen this one before. If you don’t like them this documentary can be summarized in these short words: Some guys in a house playing really fast, shooting guns and drinking beer. If you do like Cannibal Corpse or any death metal whatsoever, you’re gonna love this.
A documentary on Norwegian black metal well worth watching, with appearances by members of Mayhem, Darkthrone, Burzum, Immortal, Satyricon, Gorgoroth, Emperor and many more.
A detailed image is presented, told through interviews, of all the extreme stories we’ve heard about church burnings and murders. Varg Vikernes talks effortlessly about how he killed his band mate Øystein Aarseth, more known as Euronymous.
Grindcore emerged in the mid 80s and Napalm Death’s Scum (1987) was the essence. This documentary has loads of high class live footage, and despite its title features a lot of death and industrial metal too. But it’s really good! Appearences by Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, Nocturnus, and industrial bands Godflesh and Sonic Violence and more.
How much do you know about the Japanese extreme metal scene? This is a kind of strange but interesting documentary in parts by Visual Justice Films, directed by Mark Keller of Detritum.
This VBS documentary in five parts tries to understand the Norwegian black metal phenomenon. It has been criticized though, for being sloppy and misreading information. Their attempt to portrait Gorgoroth’s Gaahl is still interesting enough to make this a film worth watching.